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Table 6 Levels of psychological distress by type of drought exposure, stratified by rural and urban location, adjusted for confounding variables

From: The impact of drought on the association between food security and mental health in a nationally representative Australian sample

  Psychological distress
  Rural Urban
Drought exposure Mean score (SE) Mean score difference1(SE) P-value Mean score (SE) Mean score difference1(SE) P-value
  Zero or Moderate 15.0 (0.3) -2.8 (1.1) 0.009 15.4 (0.1) 0.6 (0.4) 0.087
  Very Dry 15.0 (0.8) -2.8 (1.3) 0.029 15.2 (0.3) 0.4 (0.4) 0.325
  Long Dry 15.1 (0.5) -2.7 (1.2) 0.019 15.0 (0.2) 0.38 (0.4) 0.451
  Constant Dry 15.5 (0.7) -2.3 (1.3) 0.078 14.9 (0.5) 0.2 (0.6) 0.805
  Constant and Long Dry 17.8 (1.1) - - 14.8 (0.3) - -
  1. 1The mean score difference measures the difference in the estimated mean psychological distress score between ‘constant and long dry’ and each other drought category.
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